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Man arrested after pursuit

Driver suspected of possessing PCP

STAFF WRITER

BARSTOW • A Barstow man convicted of voluntary manslaughter 14 years ago is in custody after allegedly leading authorities on a pursuit through city streets and a stretch of Interstate 40 on Thursday night.

Barstow police arrested Dupree Steele, 37, after an officer observed a vehicle suspiciously stopped at the intersection of East Buena Vista Street and Second Avenue, according to BPD press release.

According to the release, the vehicle was stopped with its right turn signal and windshield wipers on at about 9:53 p.m. The officer watched as the car remained stopped for more than two minutes. It then began to accelerate, jerking forward abruptly and going straight instead of turning, the release said.

The erratic behavior prompted the officer to believe the driver was under the influence. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop by activating his lights and siren, according to the release. The driver failed to stop, continued through intersections and was “weaving from side to side,” forcing the officer to call for additional units, the release said.

The driver merged on to eastbound I-40 for a short distance before finally pulling over, according to the release.

Steele was taken into custody without incident and was believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance, the release said. A search turned up several foil bundles believed to contain PCP.

Steele was booked at West Valley Detention Center In Rancho Cucamonga, where he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, booking records show. Steele, who was sentenced to six years in state prison after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2000 in the 1997 death of Randy Lutz, is scheduled to appear before a judge in a Victorville court on Monday to answer to charges of possession of a controlled substance and fleeing a peace officer, court records show.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-782-7463.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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